Painted Turtle at Cresswell, Ontario, Late April 2020

While driving along a gravel road in the Lindsay area, I came upon the little hamlet of Cresswell of which there is no mention on my road map.

Presbyterian Church

Near here is the Trans Canada Trail which serves snowmobilers in winter and cyclists and hikers at other times.

On the trail, I spotted a Painted Turtle. This smallish, brightly-coloured turtle is one of the most common in Southern Ontario. As soon as the turtle saw me, it withdrew into its shell; a clever defense mechanism.

Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle

Here are the findings of a research paper which details the stomach contents of 86 Painted Turtles:

  • algae, moss, stems, leaves, seeds, grass, slugs, snails, mussels, dragon-flies, crickets, bugs, larvae of butterflies and moths, beetles, rose-bugs, wasps, ants, and fragments of fish and mammals.
Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle

Some photos that I have taken in the past:

Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle

Nearby botany:

Moss
White Spruce cones (Picea glauca)
last season’s Elecampane
last season’s Phagmites
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
White Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Juniper (Juniperus virginiana)
Willow (Salix)

Birds that I was able to photograph:

Mourning Doves
Common Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Common Grackle
Common Grackle

NATURE POETRY

The bluebird knows it is April, and soars toward the Sun and sings.    – Eben Eugene Rexford

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Painted Turtle at Cresswell, Ontario, Late April 2020

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.